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Lake Walen
Lake Walenstadt
Walensee Unterterzen-2.jpg
Walensee and Unterterzen, Quarten
Walensee is located in Canton of St. Gallen
Walensee is located in Canton of Glarus
Walensee is located in Switzerland
Walensee is located in Alps
Karte Walensee.png
LocationSt. Gallen, Glarus
Coordinates47°7′N 9°12′E / 47.117°N 9.200°E / 47.117; 9.200Coordinates: 47°7′N 9°12′E / 47.117°N 9.200°E / 47.117; 9.200
Primary inflowsLinth (Escherkanal), Seez, Murgbach
Primary outflowsLinth canal
Basin countriesSwitzerland
Surface area24.19 km2 (9.34 sq mi)
Average depth104.7 m (344 ft)
Max. depth151 m (495 ft)
Water volume2.5 km3 (2,000,000 acre⋅ft)
Residence time1.4258 years
Surface elevation419 m (1,375 ft)
SettlementsWalenstadt, Weesen, Quinten, Quarten, Murg

The Walensee, also known as Lake Walen or Lake Walenstadt from Walenstadt, is one of the larger lakes in Switzerland, with about two thirds of its area in the Canton of St. Gallen and about one third in the Canton of Glarus. Other towns and villages at the lake include Weesen, Quinten, Quarten, and Murg.

The three main rivers leading to the lake are the Seez, Murgbach, and Linth. The last continues its course from Walensee to Lake Zurich. The Schnittlauchinsel, at the eastern end of the lake, is the only island in the Walensee.

The Churfirsten range raises steeply on the north side from the lake's level at 419 m to 2,306 m above sea level. On the south, the lake is overlooked by the Mürtschenstock Massif, whose peak is 2,441 m above sea level. The highest point of the lake's drainage basin is the Tödi (3,614 m).[1]

The lake provided the inspiration for a solo piano piece by Hungarian Romantic composer Franz Liszt, Au lac de Wallenstadt. The piece is part of a collection of solo piano works inspired by his travels to Switzerland in the 1830s.

As seen from the Flumserberg



  1. ^ 1:25,000 topographic map (Map). Swisstopo. Retrieved 2014-07-30.

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